The smell of charcoal—summer’s
quintessence—lengthens the hour
before supper, suspending the grasp
of clock’s hands. Tossed with hollyhocks
it underscores wren and towhee
recalls a hammockside
sip of smoky lapsang souchong
dreams sun’s heat from sky, inscribes
stone lintel under marriage’s thatched roof.
It is the day’s enough.
Nancy K. Jentsch
Nancy K. Jentsch’s chapbook Authorized Visitors and the collaborative ekphrastic chapbook Frame and Mount the Sky, in which her poetry appears, were published in 2017. Her collection Between the Rows debuted in 2022. Since beginning to write in 2008, her work has appeared in journals such as Amethyst Review, Panoply, Tiferet Journal, and Zingara Poetry Review. In 2020 she received an Arts Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She has retired after 37 years of teaching and finds a bounty of inspiration in her family and her rural home. More information is available on her website: https://jentsch8.wixsite.com/my-site.
The Ekphrastic Review
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